Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


Good Friday (Sunday--stupid Blogger why didn't you post?!) morning, lads and lassies! How are things going in your corner of the world? Got something to celebrate? Then you've come to the right blog hop. Each week we celebrate everything and anything with our wonderful host, by Lexa Cain and her cohosts, L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker

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We're about five schools days from summer break here and the excitement is growing. Last week, the family attended the annual Award Night at our older daughter's middle school. Last year as a sixth grader, she got to walk across the stage for having a high GPA along with some subject certificates for Social Studies and Band. These awards can be comprised of groups of students ranging in size from 5 to 45. It was cool to see her called up more than once, but she wasn't quite satisfied. 

At the end of the program is a short series of named awards that go to one and only one recipient. My daughter looked over the ones for 7th graders, noticing one for extraordinary achievement in ELA (English Language Arts to you oldies out there who knew this as plain old English--me included). "Maybe I can win this one next year," she whispered to me. "Sounds like a plan," I said.

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Last week, I got to see her walk across the stage for the high GPA awards again, and we snickered at how the principle mangled the pronunciation of her name: Sedona (like the city in Arizona) Narayan (Nuh-RY-un) came out Sedonia Nariarian or something. When they started the subject certificates, I thought she might nab one in ELA or Spanish or Band, but no soap. Her name wasn't called. I felt a little bad, since she was hoping to top last year's haul, but oh well. Them's the breaks.

Then it was time for the special award she picked a year ago, and my heart started pounding madly as the principal read the description and said the words: "And the Rosalie Angie Award goes to....

Sedonia Naraiarian!"





OH MY! We looked at each other and I nudged her, mouthing, "You did it!" Seeing her walk the stage alone and hearing the applause almost made me cry. What a cool moment for her! She worked like a maniac this year not only in academics, but band and the school play. GO KID! 




So, Sedona, this celebratory post is for you. 

Have you or anyone in your family won anything or accomplished a long term goal recently?

19 comments:

  1. Congrats to your daughter. Awesome that she won the award! And winding down and starting the summer break from school is always so much fun. Hope your daughter and you enjoy it.

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  2. Congratulations to your daughter! She's a high achiever - good for her.

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  3. Huge congratulations to your daughter! And here's to enjoying summer break!

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  4. That is so awesome! You must be beyond proud. Congrats to your ambitious, talented daughter.

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  5. Congratulations to Sedona! Well done. She must have been thrilled.

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  6. Congratulations, Sedona! Here's to future awards and successes.

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  7. Congrats and more to your daughter. Love those motivated young ones. Shame on the principal for not knowing how to pronounce the name of one of his top students.

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  8. That is SO awesome! I love that she set a goal and achieved it. Go, Sedonia! I have a feeling it's the first of many big accomplishments for her.

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  9. YAAAAY SCHOOL OUT!!! SUMMER!!! Sorry I got carried away but MAN I cannot wait! Wow so cool that your daughter got to walk across the stage again and… got the Rosalie Angie Award ! I see that she aims high! Hopefully she’ll get the ELA award next year! AND OMG SHE IS SO PRETTY! I did wonder if your last name was Hispanic :) (since Tamara is!) Since you ask I’d say we had a great year too. But you already know that because... Thanks for visiting my blog!! :) xoxo

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! Sedona gets her exotic coloring from a mixed-marriage. I'm a pasty white girl who married a dark-skinned fellow of (Asian) Indian descent via the Caribbean. Sedona's paternal grandmother is from Trinidad and her grandfather is from Guyana.

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    2. holy cow! Love your family's background! all the good stuff of this wonderful global family we are :)

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  10. Awards are so fun. Congratulations to your daughter for her hard work and achievement.
    You would think a little time to make sure how to pronounce all the names would be in order. You would be surprised to know my name Evelyn Bennett has some interesting pronunciations. You would think Bennett would be too common to mispronounce. I wonder if people mispronounce Smith.
    Cheers, good news. I enjoyed it.

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    1. I once had a substitute teacher pronounce my name (Tamara) as tomorrow!

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  11. Congratulations to your daughter!

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  12. Yay for Sedona! There's nothing like actually achieving your goals, be they an award or a clean house. (Yes, I'd like that second one, please?) ;)

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